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  • Candi Thomas
    11/6/2017 1:58:13 PM
    Hawaii
    They are wanting to go to the Hawaii where it isn't so much tourism. Enjoy family time together. I wanting to do a pig roast. Plus, will need a crib in the hotel. So, any suggests.....
    • Michele Walker
      11/6/2017 7:55:13 PM
      Oahu is a great location! Great for families to visit Kualoa Private Nature Preserve as well as the Honolulu Zoo. Lots of shopping as well...Maybe check out the Ko Olina Resort
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  • Valerie Powell
    11/3/2017 2:12:10 PM
    Hawaii stay from December to March or April
    any recommendations for a client that wants to find an economical stay in Hawaii from December to March or April. A single bachelor wanting to swim, snorkel, ride bike and fish. Any suggestions Thanks
    • darius bell
      11/3/2017 5:13:11 PM
      Outrigger seems to always have good options for that type of traveler in Hawaii.
    • Valerie Powell
      11/3/2017 6:32:00 PM
      thank you
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  • Heather Kim
    5/11/2016 2:24:21 PM
    Maui Hikes
    I am booking a group of hikers to go to Maui. Does anyone know a good Maui property (Condos would work best) that's good for groups?
    • Erin Luedtke
      5/24/2017 12:01:02 AM
      Have you tried Travel Pro Rentals?
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  • Mark Stephens
    6/17/2013 10:41:58 AM
    Hawaii trip and places to stay
    I am heading to Maui for a business incentive trip and want to extend for 3 nights prior to the work event and have been trying to decide on whether to stay in Wailea at either the Marriott or Four Seasons there or go to kauai and stay at the marriott there? Thoughts?
    • SHERI MERRELL
      3/6/2014 11:29:55 AM
      We loved Kauai....that would be my pick and that hotel faces the ocean....gorgeous!
    • Christine Rzepka
      2/8/2017 10:36:18 AM
      I would go to Kauai. you are traveling a long way, see as much as you can! I think Kauai is a totally different experience than Maui. I have stayed at the Marriott, but you may also want to check out the Hyatt. Please let me know if you need any help booking ay thing!
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  • Ken Ho
    7/9/2012 12:58:03 PM
    Hawaii Vacation on budget
    any suggestion for a 5 to 7 days vacation on budget? where should i stay, which islands to go and when is the best time to go?
    • Reba Lowe
      7/9/2012 1:23:06 PM
      Hi Kenneth - Depends on what's the most important to you. Do you want to stay oceanfront, would a condo across from the beach be OK? Are you looking for nightlife, fabulous beaches? If you can let me (us) know what your highlights should be, we could certainly narrow it down for you. All the islands are beautiful but each one is unique.
    • Ken Ho
      7/9/2012 1:35:06 PM
      Hi Reba, thanks for the reply. I do want to stay at oceanfront property. I really enjoy going to sleep with the sound of the ocean, and wake up with the breeze that i could never get in the city. i am not that into nightlife, i am more of a nature adventure activities...although i dont like bugs in general, may be i am just not used to it since i grew up in a city. but i would get over it since its one of a life time vacation for me. : )
    • Reba Lowe
      7/9/2012 1:39:39 PM
      I'm going to be back in the office later this afternoon, or tomorrow afternoon (after 3pm). If you would like, give me a call 480-539-7595 or e-mail me at vacamem@aol.com. I'll be glad to help you. My agency is Vacation Memories Travel. Or, feel free to call earlier and speak with one of my fabulous agents. :) Reba
    • Janet Mosley
      7/9/2012 1:39:41 PM
      Aloha Kenneth, Hawaii is a perfect place to visit at any time. Selecting the island that best suits your needs and desires is next. Tell us a little about you. Describe the best vacation that you've ever taken. what did you enjoyed about i?. What would you leave out? This provides us a better idea of the islands to suggest. When you say, "Vacation on a Budget", I can help you. Kenneth one person’s budget travel, is another person’s luxury travel. So, if you would be so kind as to provide a budget range this would be helpful as well. Would you like the package to include air, hotel, transfers and activities? In a place this beautiful, we don't want to miss any opportunity of fulfilling your fondest wishes. Hawaii is a destination that must be experienced on a personal basis. Let us help you experience your own personal Hawaii. Mahalo Janet Mosley Leisure Lady Travel 734-237-3711 Master Agent Specialist for O’ahu, Kauai, Big Island
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  • Joyette Bowen
    7/7/2012 10:40:10 PM
    10 year anniversary
    I am working with a couple on their 10 year anniversary. Their dream trip is going to Hawaii but need to keep costs down. Does anyone have any suggestions on affordable but nice boutique hotels
    • Connie Seagle
      7/9/2012 7:32:49 AM
      Have they considered a cruise? That is an awesome way to see Honolulu, Maui, Kauai, Kona and Hilo. You basically cruise by night and are in port every day. Excursions on oard the ship are reasonable too. I don't know what their budget is, but we went 2 years ago for around $5K. That was our flight, 2 nights motel prior to cruise and 1 following and the cruise.
    • Candi Thomas
      9/15/2017 10:01:44 PM
      Stay away from the Main Island than
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  • Selmea Garnett
    6/4/2012 8:17:00 AM
    Family of 4 on budget
    The family includes mom, dad, girl and boy (both under 10). This would be their 1st visit. Mom and dad want a private area for alone time. Any suggestions? Would a resort, hotel, or condo be best option for them?
    • Alachiae Keesee
      6/19/2012 1:49:33 AM
      I would recommend a resort for this family because they are very budget friendly when it comes to families and they would offer amenities that would accommodate the children while mom and dad are sharing some alone time.
    • HAROLD DAVIS
      7/7/2012 3:30:55 PM
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    • Allan Hoffman
      7/7/2012 9:58:22 PM
      For economy sake, have you considered the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk™ hotel. The only all-suite nationally-branded resort in all of Hawaii, this peaceful resort is set right in the heart of the Waikiki Beach Walk™ area. Located in a family-oriented and vibrant area, guests can enjoy a wide range of boutiques, entertainment and dining options. Or you can find peace on the golden sands of Hawaii's world-famous Waikiki Beach, located only a few steps (actually 2 blocks) away from the hotel. Personally, my family and I love to relax at the open-air fourth-floor Grand Lanai, a beautifully indulgent complex which incorporates sundeck, pavilion seating area and pool. The adults enjoy drinks by the poolside bar and I soothe tired muscles with a session in the whirlpool spa after a long flight from the east coast. The nightly Manager's Reception*, serving complimentary drinks and canapés as well as live entertainment is always a hit as well as the daily breakfast (makes the resort fees seem lower! LOL) We start the day well with the delicious cooked-to-order breakfast, serving up an array of omelettes, pancakes, hot and healthy options, then head out on the Waikiki Trolley and find things to do. For this particular client I would recommend a two-bedroom suite so they feel at home in a spacious, modern guest accommodation. They can choose from a one or two-bedroom suite, each providing a separate lounge area to relax in, with comforting kitchen facilities to recreate the sense of home. They could prepare a snack for the day with the refrigerator and microwave, and the kids can curl up in front of the flat-panel TV. Usually I get my loving wife to brew a pot of coffee and enjoy the view from the privacy of your own laniais balcony while the kids get dressed and she does Her hair for the day. Personally I wake early, and enjoy an invigorating workout at the complimentary 24-hour fitness center and stay up-to-date with work at the round-the-clock, fully equipped BusinessLink™ Business Center - Send e-mails or browse with high-speed internet access, so I can send client messages. Wifi is available in all areas of the hotel, and with the set up I have I can make long distance phone calls to the U.S. or Canada. Stay informed with a newspaper, delivered to our suite daily. Characteristically warm, Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk offers trademark Hawaiian hospitality. Committed to the beauty and stories of the island—each day, guests will find their room decorated with a card explaining a little about the people of Hawaii, their legacy and culture. Savor the beauty of this island in the all-suite surroundings of Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk, bringing the best of Hawaii to you. Highlights •Only all-suite resort in Waikiki (O'ahu) Guest Service - friendly staff •Extra Space - 1 and 2 bedroom suites • Located at the heart of Waikiki Beach Walk and steps to Waikiki Beach •Complimentary internet •Complimentary breakfast and Manager's Reception •24-hour Fitness Center & 24-hour Business Center What to do around the resort and nearby? Set on its own chunk of 1.3 acres of prime land in the heart of Waikiki, this hotel is mere steps from the world famous Waikiki Beach. Take a walk to the Waikiki Beach Walk Entertainment Center between Beachwalk and Lewers Street to explore the exciting new retail, dining, and entertainment venues in the area. Explore more of the beautiful area of Waikiki and the tranquil Island of O'ahu. Corporate guests can walk the short distance to Hawaii Convention Center or International Marketplace, stopping to drop into the outlets of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. Spend the afternoon meeting the animals of Honolulu Zoo, or marvel at the underwater world of Waikiki Aquarium. Take the 4 mile trip to Downtown Honolulu and discover the wares of Aloha Tower Marketplace. The hotel is just under nine miles away from Pearl Harbor about an hour from Disney's Aulani and the North Shore is a trek as well, I usually recommend the Polynesian Cultural Center for part of the visit as well.
    • Selmea Garnett
      7/8/2012 10:55:31 PM
      Thank your so much.
    • ROBYN WALLEN
      11/6/2017 2:07:50 PM
      Disney aluni
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  • Carol Black
    11/19/2011 4:49:39 PM
    Interisland cruise
    I have a couple who wants to fly to San Francisco, stay 2 days, then fly to Hawaii and catch a cruise to the different islands with at least a stop at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Not sure if they should just book a hotel in Hawaii and do select tours or if there is a special cruise tour that would give them a great experience. I've done research but would like your suggestions. Thanks, Carol
    • Lester Luahiwa
      11/29/2011 8:07:31 AM
      Aloha Carol, I just got back from the Norwegian Pride of America 7-Day Hawai'i cruise. Being native Hawaiian, born and raised in Hawai'i, with family on all the major islands, I can assure you this is a great way for your couple to see Hawai'i. I posted photos on my profile, and on Facebook(Aloha Travel Experts, LLC) I have more photos, videos and reviews of the cruise that might help your research...Lester
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  • Rachel Whitkin
    2/18/2011 11:20:57 AM
    vacation or possible honeymoon
    I've always wanted to go to Hawaii and may decide to choose it as our honeymoon destination. I've heard conflicting opinions about the best parts to visit, which islands, hotels and activities. Any suggestions?
    • Diana Herrera
      3/2/2011 1:01:12 PM
      When are you getting married? Each of the islands has its own charm. What you are looking for in your trip to Hawaii. Nightlife? HONOLULU, A spiritual connection to the island? Relaxation? Culture, Diving/Snorkeling, Hiking, Resort style living or Hawaiian style? Do you need choices in activities or do you like spur of the moment? What about your budget? Let me know and I can steer you to some suggestions in islands and their charms.
    • Rachel Whitkin
      3/2/2011 1:23:25 PM
      We do not have a date set yet but am thinking around September of 2012. We'd like to be close to great beaches, but also an array of natural wonders and cultural attractions. Is it possible to feel secluded but also not be too far from shopping and nightlife? If so, where?
    • Allan Hoffman ACC CTC DS
      3/2/2011 8:40:18 PM
      Hi Rachel Hawaii is the perfect spot for a honeymoon. In fact my wife and I did just that over 15 years ago! We've been back 14 times since... I highly recommend Kauai and Maui for the best two islands! For Maui: Maui is an island with hundreds of beaches including beaches of black sand, golden sand, red sand and white sand. There are excellent beaches for swimming and snorkeling and great beaches for surfing and windsurfing. There are great beaches for people watching and others where you can be almost totally alone. Here are my picks for some of the best beaches on the island of Maui, Hawaii.Ali'i Kahekili Nui Ahumanu Beach ParkPhoto by John Fischer, licensed to About.comKnown by many names such as just Kehekili Beach, Airport Beach and North Ka'anapali Beach, this beach stretches north from Black Rock to the new Westin Ka'anapali Resort Villas. There is a very nice beach park located at the end of Kai Ala Drive which serves as the main entrance to the Westin resort. The parking lot is large. There are bathroom and shower facilities. There is also a covered pavilion and barbecue grills. It's a popular spot for family gatherings. The beach itself is lovely, although it does drop off quickly once you enter the water. The ocean is generally calm. From the southern part of the beach - a hike from the beach park - you can swim out to Black Rock where the snorkeling is excellent. Big Beach and Little Beach The true Hawaiian name for Big Beach is Oneloa and it is also referred to as Makena Beach. It's one of the longest, at about .75 mile, and widest beaches in the islands. It's also one of the most popular, especially with locals for family gatherings and picnics. The large parking lot fills quickly on the weekends. The swimming is fair and conditions can get rough. There's a steep drop-off into the ocean. Body surfing and boogie boarding are popular here. At the northern end of Big Beach there is a rocky outcropping to reach Little Beach which is more properly called Pu'u Ola'i Beach, after the huge cinder cone behind it. This is one of Maui's unofficial nude beaches. "The western shore of Maui is known for its idyllic, year-round beach weather, and Fleming's mile-long crescent, white sand beach offers a range of activities and stunning views of nearby Molokai Island. "A favorite area for sunbathers, swimmers, and surfers alike, the beach is backed by a virtual forest of trees on the low sea cliff, providing welcome shade. Amenities include showers, restrooms, grills, bar/snack-bar and picnic facilities overlooking the beach plus tablecloth dining on the south end of the park, which is the unofficial beach of the nearby Ritz Carlton. Honokowai Beach Park is a personal favorite. It's located right next to the Aston Paki Maui Resort and across from the Lahuiokalani Chapel. My wife and I had photos of us made here and at the Grand Wailea chapel. The park has a recently upgraded playground and bathroom/shower facility. There are barbecue grills, picnic tables and a large grassy area with lots of shade. There are usually parking spots available. The park is a very popular gathering spot for locals after work and on weekends. The beach itself is extremely narrow and rocky near shore. If you wade down to the Paki Maui Resort, there's an opening through the coral to an area where you can swim between the two reefs. It's well protected, generally calm and the snorkeling is excellent.View PhotosHo'okipa Beach, North MauiPhoto by John Fischer, licensed to About.comHo'okipa is not a beach for great swimming - although during periods of calm seas you can swim at both ends of the beach. It is, however, the best place in the world to watch windsurfers at what is known as the "windsurfing capital of the world." You'll also see some great board surfing here towards the east end of the beach. The waves can be high almost any time of the year as the north shore picks up both the winter and summer swells. The best views are from the roadside parking area or along the hill at the west end of the beach. Be sure to bring your still and video camera. Located in West Maui just north of Lahaina, Ka'anapali Beach is one of Hawaii's most famous and popular beaches. Kaanapali Beach is bordered by numerous elegant resort hotels and the Whalers Village Shopping Mall. This lifeguard-protected beach is almost three miles long. Ka'anapali is the beach for activities. You can snorkel in the crystal clear water, windsurf, jet-ski, parasail, or kayak. Numerous catamaran sails leave right from the beach. The best snorkeling is at the northern end of the beach near Pu'u Keka'a or Black Rock. If you're not staying at one of the resorts, you can park in the Whaler's Village Parking Garage for a fee. Be sure not to leave valuables on the beach while you swim!! The most southern of the three Kama'ole Beaches, Kama'ole III is my personal favorite. The swimming is fair, not spectacular. There is a lifeguard. For the best swimming, I suggest Kama'ole I. There are some snorkeling opportunities around the rocks at the beach's south end. You'll see quite a few boogie boarders and bodysurfers at Kama'ole III. The real attraction, though, is the beach park itself. It features an exceptionally wide, grassy area. It's one of the most popular places on Maui for family gatherings and picnics. There is plenty of off street parking, barbecue grills, restrooms, showers and water fountains. There is a nice playground area for children. Kapalua Bay Beach is a beautiful beach with excellent swimming and good snorkeling. A reef protects much of the area from high waves and strong currents. The sand gently slopes into the water making entry easy on the feet. If you are an Outrigger Hotel Specialist the Kapalua Villas are a great find and value for "getting away" yet being close. There's a public parking lot and paved walkway at the southern end of the beach. I much preferred this beach before recent development both behind the beach and at its northern end where the lovely Kapalua Bay Hotel once sat. There used to be a nice coconut palm tree grove behind the beach which gave it a real tropical island feel. Today the area is occupied by the Kapalua Coconut Grove Villas. Kauai Beachfront Condosin Picture Perfect Postcard Poipu 1-5 BR Condos + Sun, Surf & GolfSuite at -Paradise.com/Special-Offer is great for Kauai Napili Bay Beach is used primarily by guests of the Napili Kai Beach Resort and the smaller hotels to the south. It is relatively wide beach and offers a great place from which to view the evening sunset. Swimming, especially around the coral formations offshore at the north end of the beach, can be excellent when the surf is calm. Beware of high winter waves. The slope of the beach as it enters the ocean is rather steep and drops away quickly. This is great for those who want to swim or snorkel, but families with children need to watch them carefully. Parking for non-guests can be difficult and is mostly along the street Wailea is located in South Maui, at the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons Resorts. The absolute bests Wailea Beach offers good swimming, snorkeling in calm waters, and body surfing on a shore break that is not as punishing as Wailea's other beaches. The sandy bottom remains shallow inshore, and drops off slowly to deeper water. Activity companies for the nearby resorts rent ocean equipment. Wainapanapa State Park is, however, a great area to explore. If you've never seen a black sand beach, this may be your best best on Maui, since it's right along the Road to Hana - about four miles before the town. Be sure to take time to walk along the ocean bluff above the beach and cliffside right near the parking area. The views back towards the beach from the top of the cliff are impressive with interesting rock formations and sea caves. Because of the strength of the waves, the area seldom looks the same the next time you visit.V Not many visitors to Maui ever make it to Hamoa Beach and that's a shame. It's one of the island's loveliest. It is, however, somewhat remote - which makes it even more attractive for many. Hamoa Beach is the official beach for the Hotel Hana Maui but is located a couple of miles past town towards 'Ohe'o Gulch on Haneo'o Road. The hotel has taken responsibility for landscaping the area around the beach and it is lovely. Parking can be difficult since it is only available along the road. The 1000 foot long and 100-foot wide beach is located down a 30-foot sea cliff and is accessed by either of two sets of steps. Facilities at the beach are only available for guests of the hotel who are shuttled down to the beach. I would love to help you more as the time approaches
    • Rachel Whitkin
      3/3/2011 12:39:45 PM
      Thanks. Is there a better time of year to go over others?
    • Connie Seagle
      4/12/2011 6:02:16 PM
      Dear Rachel, Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming marriage. Hawaii is a wonderful honeymoon location. Anywhere you go will be a real treat. If you are interested in seeing a lot of the islands, consider a cruise. NCL's Pride of America sails out of and returns to Honolulu. It stops daily in Maui, Kona, Hilo and Kauai. You are in Maui and Kauai for 2 full days and a night giving you the opportunity to see more of those particular islands. Cruising is a very reasonable way to travel. Your accommodations, food and entertainment are all bundled into one package and even the shore excursions are often less expensive through the cruiseline than they are through private vendors. You can see some of our Hawaii pictures on my website at www.SeagleTravel.com Best wishes, Connie
    • Mark Murphy
      5/11/2011 8:45:08 PM
      Have to Love my Many Allan Hoffman and his many ideas for making the most of a vacation. I also have to call out the many other agents who are adding to the Expert Advice here on TravelTribe.com!
    • Michael Fisher
      8/15/2011 4:33:56 PM
      Hello Rachel. Congratulations on the upcoming nuptials. I can only say that Allan Hoffman has covered everything very well in Hawaii. The island of Oahu is the "Capital" island and is the most industrialized. If you would like to catch up on the rich history of the US Navy, that would be the island. The Arizona Memorial is one of the best historical information spots, and is only a short visit. Then you could travel the island and see a lot of rich history. Maui is the "Garden" isle, and has much rich flora. All of the islands are very good places to spend a honeymoon. If you would like to remain in one place and get as much of the local island fare as you can, the Aulani Resort on Oahu would be a fabulous place. It has a lot to do and offer. Plus special arrangements can be made for the wedding ceremony, if you would like to have it there! Also on the North Shore of the island is the Polynesian Cultural Center which can give you food from the rich culture that makes up the Hawaiian Islands, along with a quick history of all of the islands. It takes a day to tour and see shows and dances. Then they have food from all over the islands right there in the PCC. It would still allos you to get back to Aulani and enjoy the beaches, or snorkeling, or evern seeing the dolphins and/or whales that may be possibly mating off of the islands western shore. It is something to think about. They have reasonable prices too!
    • Lester Luahiwa
      11/29/2011 9:39:14 AM
      Aloha Rachel, Being native Hawaiian, born and raised in Hawai'i, here are some recommendations according to what you said you would like to experience. For shopping and night life, Oahu would be your best bet. Waikiki is still one of my favorite places to stay and take in the night life. You can take a trolley from Waikiki to the Ala Moana Shopping Mall. If your looking for Aloha ware, try Sears, this is one of the spots the locals get Aloha ware from. Their is traditional Hawaiian music by long time well known local entertainers once a week for the cost of a beverage in Waikiki(They are personal friends). The Disney Aulani Resort and Spa in Kapolei is secluded and has a ton of cultural experiences. There are still secluded uncrowded beaches on Oahu, and the major Islands, most visitors don't know about. Cultural experience? If you want the ambiance of a traditional Hawaiian Luau, the Aha Aina Royal Hawaiian Luau in Waikiki is my recommendation. Most of what's sold as a cultural experience in Hawai'i is actually Polynesian, not traditional Hawaiian. As for natural wonders? Well, being on your Honeymoon and its your first visit to Hawai'i, the Norwegian Pride of America 7-Day Hawaiian Island Cruise would be my suggestion. Why? Each of the four major islands has its own natural wonders for you to experience. I just got back from the cruise, and it was absolutely amazing. One of the natural wonders you'll see on the cruise, is the Napali coast on the Island of Kaua'i. This piece of heaven is only accessible by air, hike or sea. It was the first time I ever saw it and is a must see for every visitor. I posted photos on my profile and on my Facebook page(Aloha Travel Experts, LLC), along with videos and reviews of our recent Hawai'i visit. I also posted photos of the Aulani Resort you can view. Best time to visit? Typically Parts of September, October, November and February seem to be less crowded with better pricing. Hope that helps you.
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